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On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about city workers’ issues.  Last week, over 1,000 San Francisco workers took to the streets to raise awareness about negotiations that include wage cuts and higher health care premiums. How are workers negotiating fair benefits? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. If you are a city employee, how are budget cuts affecting you? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests:

Larry Bradshaw, San Francisco Vice-President of SEIU 1021 and a paramedic for the San Francisco Fire Department

Smoother Sailing for the America's Cup

Mar 29, 2012

On March, 27, after nearly a year of negotiations, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a revised deal to bring the America’s Cup -- sailing's pre-eminent event -- to San Francisco in fall 2013.

The agreement finalizes the venues for the 34th America's Cup and calls for millions of dollars in pier and waterfront improvements in San Francisco. The event expected to draw more than 1 million spectators.

What was behind the unanimous vote? How will the race benefit the city, and what concerns are still on the table?

photo courtesy of www.domesticworkers.org

Host: Joseph Pace

Producer: Susie Britton

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about a nationwide campaign calling on Apple to improve working conditions in its manufacturing plants in China, where workers say they make less than $1 an hour and work up to 16 hour days. Holiday sales boosted Apple profits to $1 billion a week. How can citizens push companies like Apple to make products without exploiting workers?  Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. What do you expect from companies whose products you buy? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests:

Labor unions in California are preparing to pitch a fight for their political lives. In November, Californians will decide whether to require unions to ask for written permission from each member to use their dues for political purposes. Political scientists say the measure has the potential to severely damage the political clout of big labor...

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